FanDuel Hindsight Week 18: You Like That?!
Welcome to FanDuel Hindsight, where we'll recap the previous week on FanDuel, focusing on the Saturday Million tournament, which is FanDuel's largest GPP. We'll use the benefit of hindsight to see what lessons can be learned about the winner's lineup.
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FanDuel user buttfumbletwo took down the grand prize with a stack of Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed, who both produced 20-plus-point fantasy performances in a 35-18 loss to Green Bay. Buttfumbletwo scored 158.26 points and beat out second place by only 0.3 points.
On a small slate, there will be a lot more overlap than usual. Buttfumbletwo's key players were James Starks and Martavis Bryant at under 15% ownership. On a limited slate, buttfumbletwo nailed his WRs and TE; all four of them scored a TD. Notably, buttfumbletwo got an AntonioBrown fade to work. The saved salary allowed him to combine enough high scoring players to take down the grand prize.
Let's break down buttfumbletwo's winning lineup.
QB Kirk Cousins
Jordan Reed was one of the biggest chalk plays of Wild Card weekend, so it only made sense to stack him with Cousins. Cousins was in just over one quarter of lineups and finished as the top QB of the day, throwing for 329 yards and one TD, and adding another score on the ground.
Toussaint's status as a relative unknown kept his ownership low, but he did indeed emerge as Pittsburgh's lead back, out-touching Jordan Todman 21-11. Toussaint put his 21 touches to good use, finishing with 118 total yards, including 60 receiving yards on four grabs.
RB James Starks
After John Kuhn closed out the prior week by playing Green Bay's final 26 snaps at RB, Starks's ownership was predictably low on Wild Card weekend. Green Bay returned to a nearly even split between Starks and Eddie Lacy, with Starks finishing with 65 total yards and a TD on 14 touches.
WR A.J. Green
Green torched Pittsburgh in each of their two previous meetings this season, eclipsing 100 yards and scoring a TD in both games. Green failed to reach the century mark in yardage, but did catch what seemingly was a game-winning TD on his way to a 5-71-1 line, only to see his teammates blow the game in spectacular fashion.
WR Doug Baldwin
On a day where Russell Wilson completed only 13 passes for 142 yards, Doug Baldwin led the team in receptions (5) and receiving yards (42). More importantly, he scored one of his patented TDs on a simple out route against one of Minnesota's backup cornerbacks. Baldwin's ownership was not excessive as one might expect for a player who has been red-hot lately, but the availability of Jeremy Maclin at a similar price point likely pushed some entrants off Baldwin.
After two straight duds to close out the season, Bryant's ownership fell way down for Wild Card weekend. Bryant, however, delivered for all those to had the stones to roster him. He pulled off one of the coolest catches you'll ever see in a playoff game, and finished with a 5-29-1 line receiving and a 1-44 line rushing.
TE Jordan Reed
It looked like Travis Kelce might end up as last weekend's highest scoring TE after posting an 8-128 line Saturday, but Reed ended up outdoing Kelce with a 9-120-1 line that cemented him as Wild Card weekend's highest scoring TE.
Santos was asked to bang through three field goals in a game Kansas CIty controlled from the opening kickoff. He added three extra points along the way and paid off as a pairing with Kansas City's defense.
D Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City defense was a great play on a day where the Seahawks figured to have higher ownership at an identical price point. The Chiefs defense pitched a shutout en route to their ninth double-digit fantasy scoring output in their last 11 games.